When Neil is on form he's fantastic, but there have been misses. Chocolate Cake is infamously jarring and ugly, lyrically. Sometimes he pushes the whimsy button too hard.
j0wled- I agree with you on that one. I wasn't a fan of Chocolate Cake either! I know what you mean, though, regarding the whimsy factor.
As far as the family goes, he's well ahead of his son, or Tim. Not that Tim's awful. But I don't really care for Liam at all.